Melting Snowman

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When I saw this adorable Melted Snowman project on The Devine Home, I knew this would be perfect for our Georgia home.  My four year old and I had lots of fun making it! First, pour a couple cups of sugar onto a domed cake platter.  Then pick out 5 black and 1 orange button [...]

Home-Spun Holiday Traditions

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This post is part of the Home-Spun Holidays blog carnival, which is being held at Mentoring Moments for Christian Women.  The theme of the carnival is to share the simple, inexpensive things you do at home to make the Christmas season memorable.  On my Counter-cultural Mom blog, I’ve shared some of the ways we celebrate [...]

Gingerbread Houses part 2: Decorating

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We decorated the gingerbread houses yesterday. We constructed them in advance and allowed them to sit overnight so they would be set. To decorate the houses, make up another large batch of frosting, adjusting this recipe as needed, based on the number of houses you are covering. Frosting “glue” recipe: 1 lb. powdered sugar 3 [...]

Gingerbread Houses part 1: Construction

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We are better! Everyone was feeling fine today. Our family has been sick since before Thanksgiving, so we’ll be playing catch-up this week with some of our favorite holiday activities. Last year we made gingerbread houses for the first time. Everyone had so much fun that we immediately decided it should become a yearly tradition. [...]

The Jesse Tree

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  The Jesse tree is a neat way to help our children see the continuity between the Old and New Testament. All of the Old Testament points forward to Jesus, the centerpiece of human history. The Jesse tree takes its name from Isaiah 11:1, which says “A shoot will come up from the stump of [...]

Using an Advent Wreath

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We enjoy using an Advent Wreath during our Christmas season devotions. The advent wreath is somewhat similar to the Advent calendar, in that it marks the passage of time, from the first Sunday in the season until Christmas day. We light the Advent candles before beginning devotions. The children love the flickering candles and it [...]

Advent Wreath Devotions

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  Advent is celebrated on the four Sundays before Christmas, with the fifth candle being lit on Christmas Day. Each week is an opportunity to focus on a different aspect of Christ’s birth, with appropriate scriptures and songs. Here is one suggestion for family devotions with an Advent wreath. First Sunday of Advent On the [...]

Making or Purchasing an Advent Wreath

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We use an Advent Wreath every year during our Christmas season family devotions. For more articles about Advent, go to my Counter-Cultural mom blog.   The Advent wreath can be purchased or made from real or artificial evergreen boughs. Traditionally, it holds 4 candles on the wreath and one in the center. We arrange our Advent [...]

Advent Calendars and Nativity Sets

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How many days until Christmas? We like to use Advent Calendars to help our young children get a sense of the passage of time. They also help to build anticipation for our nightly devotions. The chocolate advent calendar certainly helps build excitement. The kids come to us pleading to start devotions every night! Advent Calendars [...]